Coach John Turner, Director of Athletics and Facilities Management, has been leading the Eagles at Sophia Academy for the past four years. In his career, he has taught and coached athletics for over twenty-five years. While at Sophia Academy, he has led our teams to several victories and tournament championships, and thanks to his enthusiasm and encouragement has recruited 80% of our eligible student population to participate into sports teams and intramurals. Turner has voiced that participating in athletics improves teamwork, bolsters self-confidence, and disciplines the body and the mind. Athletics are beneficial for any child, and in particular, sports can enhance success for the child with ADHD. Below, Coach Turner shares his thoughts on the recent volleyball season.
I was impressed with the way our volleyball squads ended their seasons. Our girls finished third in the A.P.A.C. tournament, but actually played well enough to win. Of all the teams, I think our girls volleyed the ball better than the rest of the competition. Unfortunately, we didn’t have our best serving day — and that cost us in the end. Nonetheless, Coach Rat, Coach Hamm and I couldn’t have been more proud of our girls. They had a tremendous season and were truly a pleasure to coach.
Our boys’ team won the A.P.A.C. tournament for the second consecutive year. After under performing for much of the season, our boys really pulled it together during the league championship games. We were pleased with the way the boys came together in the final games. It was rewarding to watch our players demonstrate their skills when it really counted most.